Semantle: Can you think like a computer?

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I solved Semantle #72 in 66 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 19.57. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #25. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 44.56 (988/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

, Monday, 11 April 2022 22:57 (nine months ago) link

oh fuck me wrong code sorry

, Monday, 11 April 2022 22:58 (nine months ago) link

Got #73 in a nice and easy 33 guesses. My route in: rural - farm - crop - wheat - wine - grape - fruit - FOUND!

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 00:20 (nine months ago) link

I solved Semantle #73 in 110 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 15.25. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #100. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 64.10 (997/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

so many dead ends before green


110 apple 100.00 FOUND!
109 fruit 64.10 997/1000
104 lettuce 44.96 827/1000
101 vegetable 44.70 820/1000
106 kale 41.34 642/1000
107 carrot 39.26 454/1000
100 crop 38.93 414/1000
102 corn 38.27 324/1000
103 okra 34.26 (cold)
105 grain 33.34 (cold)
97 awl 31.81 (cold)
99 farmer 31.80 (cold)
35 fairy 30.03 (cold)
94 wood 28.56 (cold)
98 farm 27.51 (cold)
80 puppy 25.15 (cold)
62 fish 24.83 (cold)
81 kitten 22.41 (cold)
90 lop 21.98 (cold)
92 chef 21.69 (cold)
6 rot 21.56 (cold)
85 penis 21.15 (cold)

papal hotwife (milo z), Tuesday, 12 April 2022 01:38 (nine months ago) link

I solved Semantle #73 in 3 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 9.06. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #2. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 64.10 (997/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

OMG

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Tuesday, 12 April 2022 01:42 (nine months ago) link

Three guesses! Is fruit one of your starter words?

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 02:00 (nine months ago) link

It would flatter my game to pretend I have anything as organised as starter words - I just blunder in and try and cast the net as widely as I can, mixing up nouns and adjectives mostly. First guess was “poor”, then “fruit” - cue near total paralysis while I consider best options for guess #3!

After playing this game for a few months now, knocking over Semantle in under a minute is definitely a “fucks with the fabric of time” experience.

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Tuesday, 12 April 2022 02:15 (nine months ago) link

amazing, emsworth.

I got it in 88 - got sidetracked a little bit by farming/grain-related guesses: my early greens were "wheat", "rye", "corn", "cereal". changed tack and went down the bakery route which let me to "dessert" and "fruit" to the target word.

Roz, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 02:21 (nine months ago) link

I solved Semantle #73 in 55 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 11.09. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #16. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 32.21.

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 04:11 (nine months ago) link

54 - beat you by one! Managed to work my way up fairly steadily from non-greens: animals, dairy (cheese was my first green), various foods - chocolate was high so tried other sweet things.

ledge, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 07:42 (nine months ago) link

I solved Semantle #73 in 99 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 7.57. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #11. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 64.10 (997/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Went through pretty much every vegetable I could think of, then thought laterally, entered fruit and got it in two.

Dan Worsley, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 08:01 (nine months ago) link

At the risk of disparaging perfectly normal fruits from other parts of the world here's some fun from the top 1000: apote, etrog, boletus, pattypan, charoset, profiterole, scurf, mucilaginous, spag

ledge, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 08:04 (nine months ago) link

mucilaginous? makes sense with okra just outside the top 100

papal hotwife (milo z), Tuesday, 12 April 2022 08:12 (nine months ago) link

Bit of a spoiler in your non-hidden text ledge!

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 08:30 (nine months ago) link

argh sorry!

ledge, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 08:33 (nine months ago) link

I solved Semantle #73 in 45 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 3.41. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #38. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 64.10 (997/1000).

this was a relief after yesterday's nightmare

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Tuesday, 12 April 2022 08:55 (nine months ago) link

I solved Semantle #73 in 67 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 10.53. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #29. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 56.08 (979/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

had 16 guesses in the 900s lol but finally got this in 116 guesses

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 12:35 (nine months ago) link

I solved Semantle #73 in 1 guess. My first guess had a similarity of IT WAS THE RIGHT WORD. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #1. My penultimate guess had a similarity of NOTHING, BECAUSE IT ONLY TOOK ME ONE GUESS.

Sadly, it's because I thought "oh, I'd better check the semantle mod thread in case someone posted about spoilers, then I'll know to avoid the main semantle thread until I've done it myself". But the spoiler was coming from inside the thread. (Basically, ledge posted fruits and then I tried the most obvious one I could think of, and it was the right one.)

emil.y, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 13:02 (nine months ago) link

Sorry! My attempt to be helpful in the mod thread backfired. What a disaster for Semantle #73. Hopefully it's done your stats some good!

ledge, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 13:08 (nine months ago) link

Ha, it's fine really, just a bit of an amusing accident.

Oh, and seeing as there have now been 50 games since stats started recording, anyone fancy sharing their stats? Despite the statistical outlier today, I am still on 132.74 as my average number of guesses, which I suspect is higher than most of you. However, since recording I have not given up once, nor failed to finish. I am persistent.

emil.y, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 13:11 (nine months ago) link

I'm 122 on desktop, around 115 iirc on mobile aka weekend games, I have given up a few times which obviously brings those down a bit.

ledge, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 13:27 (nine months ago) link

I bet I'm the worst out of all of youse. 142.22

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Tuesday, 12 April 2022 13:44 (nine months ago) link

my avg is 87.58, i do give up sometimes usu after 100+ guesses

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 13:59 (nine months ago) link

Give-ups don't affect your average, which is no. of guesses divided by no. of games played (incl. give-ups).

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Tuesday, 12 April 2022 14:07 (nine months ago) link

so if you're a giver upper you'll have a lower average than someone who hammers on beyond 400 guesses.

ledge, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 14:16 (nine months ago) link

ah ok

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Tuesday, 12 April 2022 14:22 (nine months ago) link

average of 134.42, with three give ups

Roz, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 14:58 (nine months ago) link

I solved Semantle #73 in 100 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 8.85. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #54. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 59.36 (991/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Got stuck for a bit in a loop looking for types of cheeses when "camembert" scored as my highest green, even higher than "cheese" itself before branching out

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 12 April 2022 15:19 (nine months ago) link

42 today

50 games playes, 71.7 average with 2 giveups

nxd, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 17:57 (nine months ago) link

I solved Semantle #74 in 111 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 1.61. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #79. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 74.55 (998/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

papal hotwife (milo z), Wednesday, 13 April 2022 00:23 (nine months ago) link

That was painful. I had 987/1000 at guess 6, and 998/1000 at guess 30. And yet I didn't strike FOUND until guess 77. Almost gave up there, having basically run out of synonyms.

Zelda Zonk, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 02:36 (nine months ago) link

This one clearly shows the sports bias in semantle. I mean when I think of today's word, I think more of books, songs, movies etc

Zelda Zonk, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 02:39 (nine months ago) link

I solved Semantle #74 in 96 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 12.04. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #19. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 42.90 (965/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Roz, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 03:06 (nine months ago) link

I solved Semantle #74 in 44 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 10.24. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #3. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 22.73 (248/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

got in early with "dream" (771), "dream come true" led me to "triumph." kind of surprised it ended up being such a nondescript word after landing every variation of "champion" in the 990s. i don't think i would've thought of the word without a thesaurus if i wasn't familiar with pro wrestling and vince mcmahon's obsessive rule about only referring to championship belts as "titles"

, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 03:09 (nine months ago) link

I solved Semantle #74 in 80 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.10. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #20. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 37.81 (942/1000).

After a give up and a skip, this was nice.

First game: 24
Total days played: 50
Wins: 40
Win streak: 1
Give-ups: 7
Did not finish: 3
Total guesses across all games: 9161
Average guesses across all games: 183.22

Two 500+ games and three 300+ games and, well, yeah.

The Sarsgaard-Skarsgård Scotchgard (weatheringdaleson), Wednesday, 13 April 2022 05:10 (nine months ago) link

I solved Semantle #74 in 105 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 1.52. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #36. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 30.55 (817/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

Got to #994 on guess 54 but pussy footed around before getting there. Never heard of 988 and 989 are they American usage?

Dan Worsley, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 08:02 (nine months ago) link

I solved Semantle #74 in 110 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 5.97. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #17. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 8.74. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Also spent a long time in the 990s on this one.

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Wednesday, 13 April 2022 09:21 (nine months ago) link

I solved Semantle #74 in 94 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 2.02. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #15. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 7.69.

Hit #999 on guess #51 but took me another 43 guesses to get it. Infuriating

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Wednesday, 13 April 2022 10:21 (nine months ago) link

I got 987/1000 on guess three, 120 guesses later i now have all but three of the ten closest, including 999, and i still can't get it :/

ledge, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 10:31 (nine months ago) link

Gave up. Ridiculous.

ledge, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 10:44 (nine months ago) link

Ha, me too!

Grandpont Genie, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 10:58 (nine months ago) link

I solved Semantle #74 in 64 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 9.74. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #23. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 75.60 (999/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 11:17 (nine months ago) link

I solved Semantle #74 in 41 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 4.76. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #19. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 60.48 (996/1000). https://semantle.novalis.org/

we only steal from the greatest books (PBKR), Wednesday, 13 April 2022 11:30 (nine months ago) link

I solved Semantle #74 in 62 guesses. Was also surprised by literature-related words not really making an appearance, I took a solely sports-based approach up to the word.

emil.y, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 13:59 (nine months ago) link

I solved Semantle #74 in 67 guesses. My first guess had a similarity of 6.06. My first word in the top 1000 was at guess #19. My penultimate guess had a similarity of 17.88. https://semantle.novalis.org/

Considering I had 999 at guess 32, that took a frustrating path to get there.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 13 April 2022 14:01 (nine months ago) link

I solved Semantle #74 in 62 guesses. Was also surprised by literature-related words not really making an appearance, I took a solely sports-based approach up to the word.

The database is news articles iirc. There are way more articles about sports than literature.

we only steal from the greatest books (PBKR), Wednesday, 13 April 2022 14:16 (nine months ago) link

Eeep, non-hidden spoilers, PBKR! Am abusing my mod powers to hide them.

Also, yeah, I guess your point is right. Still at least a little surprising, though!

emil.y, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 14:20 (nine months ago) link

Oops, sorry!

we only steal from the greatest books (PBKR), Wednesday, 13 April 2022 14:34 (nine months ago) link

49 today, quite a few high 900s before

nxd, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 15:55 (nine months ago) link


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